EDA News – 2008.02.22

Catalyst Receives Patent for LED Current Bias Control
Catalyst Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ:CATS) announced it has received a patent for a unique step-down switching regulator circuit architecture applicable to step-down regulators for driving high brightness LEDs. The patent was developed to simplify the design of high brightness LED lighting.

Si2′s Low Power Coalition Publishes Common Power Format Roadmap
Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) published the Low Power Coalition’s (LPC) approved Roadmap for Common Power Format (CPF) extensions planned out through mid-2009, along with a Request for Technology (RTF) to support the CPF extensions as well as power/design flow-related requirements.

Diodes, Inc. Introduces AP7173 Very Low Dropout Linear Regulator
Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD) released a new very low dropout linear regulator, the AP7173. The low input voltage and low output voltage capability allows for easy-to-design and efficient linear regulation between the multiple supply voltages often present in processor intensive intelligent systems.

MIPS, NXP to Offer HDMI-based Solution for Digital Home
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NasdaqGS: MIPS) announced that it has extended its strategic relationship with NXP Semiconductors to offer HDMI-based IP solutions for digital home applications, including high-definition DTVs and display units, A/V receivers and set-top boxes.

Freescale to Demonstrate at Embedded World
Freescale Semiconductor is demonstrating a wide array of products and technologies at Embedded World. Freescale solutions on display at the conference target a broad range of embedded applications, including consumer and industrial, multimedia, wireless, networking and automotive system designs.

Ethernet Direct Rolls Out JME-2408-L2+ Enterprise Workgroup Switch
Ethernet Direct Corporation released the JME-2408-L2+ Enterprise Workgroup Switch with 24 10/100TX ports and 2 Gigabit copper/SFP ports for media flexibility. JME-2408-L2+ is a high-performance web managed layer 2+ switch.

XMOS Selects CoSy Compiler Development System for SDS
XMOS Semiconductor, the creator of Software Defined Silicon (SDS), is using the CoSy compiler development system from ACE Associated Compiler Experts in the development of the tool suite for its XCore(tm) processor.